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New Young Feminists’ Club aims to create safe space for discussion, action

New Young Feminists’ Club aims to create safe space for discussion, action

Lauren Brittain, Reporter
February 9
Filed under News

When senior Kayla Clark began writing the constitution for Free State’s Young Feminists’ Club, she remembered the girl in her American Literature class. Caught in an unplanned speech for gender equality, this girl looked around waiting for her peers to back her up. She kept looking. No one said anything....

Lawrence Cultural Arts District construction continues

Lawrence Cultural Arts District construction continues

Maame Britwum, Reporter
February 8
Filed under News

When senior Solomon Cottrell walks through his neighborhood in downtown Lawrence, he sees art everywhere. With artistic neighbors, noticing sculptures leaning in yards or artists working on streets isn’t uncommon. In 2012, hoping to accentuate the historic and artistic spirit of downtown, the City...

Male students, community leaders partner in pilot program

Male students, community leaders partner in pilot program

Kyra Haas and Fiona McAllister
February 7
Filed under News, Top Stories

As sophomore Diallo Jackson walked down the hall to the office with a pass from assistant principal Keith Jones in his hand, Jackson worried he might be in trouble. Before winter break, Jackson and 14 other Free State male students were selected to be a part of the Ambassador program, a pilot program...

#BarackChalk: President Obama speaks at Anschutz Sports Pavilion

#BarackChalk: President Obama speaks at Anschutz Sports Pavilion

Kyra Haas and Ryan Liston
January 22
Filed under News, Top Stories

On Jan. 22, President Barack Obama spoke at KU in Anschutz Sports Pavilion, calling on Congress to address the need to provide childcare, free community college and equal pay for women...

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ACLU requests discontinuation of single-gender English classes

ACLU requests discontinuation of single-gender English classes

Ryan Liston, Online Editor in Chief
January 14
Filed under News, Top Stories

On Jan. 12, Superintendent Dr. Rick Doll received a letter from the Kansas American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) Legal Director Doug Bonney and Cooperating Attorney Amy Katz regarding the introduction of single-gender English 9 classes at Free State this semester. The ACLU learned of the new class...

Freshman English classes to be split by gender

Maddie Birchfield and Ryan Liston
January 5
Filed under News

As the bustle of the first day of second semester pushes students from room to room, a group of ninth grade boys will walk into their seventh hour English 9 class to find none of their female peers will be joining them. The administration believes having two classes of boys-only English 9, and one...

‘Glee’king Out

Kyra Haas, Editor in Chief
November 27
Filed under News

On a Tuesday morning in September, senior Jake Landgrebe fumbles for his ID at the gates of Paramount Pictures Studios. After the guard buzzes him in and hands him a ticket, Landgrebe enters a lot currently filming shows such as “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” “Dr. Phil” and “Glee.” Cast...

School snack shop closed due to new policy

Ryan Liston and Trenna Soderling
October 30
Filed under News

With the shutters down and the door locked, a room which used to contain a plethora of snack items sits vacant near the Commons' south doors. According to marketing teacher Phil Roth...

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November Midterm Elections close on all fronts

November Midterm Elections close on all fronts

Kenneth Palmer and Libby Stanford, Copy Editor and Reporter
October 27
Filed under News, Top Stories

The Kansas midterm elections are approaching like a storm. This is atypical— considering Kansas is usually a safely Republican state—especially in the Senate contest in which a non-Republican has a real chance of winning a seat for the first time since 1932 when George McGill won a three-way race....

Lawrence adopts national sex education standards

Fiona McAllister, Copy Editor
September 26
Filed under News

In the past, during the sex education unit, health teachers in the district lectured students on male and female anatomy, explaining how to prevent STDs and emphasizing the importance of abstinence in maintaining personal reproductive health. However, for current freshman taking Health 9, the reproductive...

Board of education addresses recent high school vandalism

Kenneth Palmer, Reporter
September 23
Filed under Briefs, News

On Monday, Sept. 22, the Lawrence Public Schools’ Board of Education commented on the racially-inspired vandalism that occurred as a result of the rivalry between Lawrence Free State High School and Lawrence High School in recent weeks. Board President Shannon Kimball brought the topic to the floor. “I...

#FSLHSUnite

Maria Carrasco, Print Managing Editor
September 18
Filed under News, Top Stories

During the early morning hours on Sept. 18, an anonymous group of Free State students vandalized the Lawrence High football field. The Budget, Lawrence High's newspaper, and the Free Press started the hashtag #FSLHSUnite for students at both schools to express their feelings about the event.

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